What is the purpose of God’s laws now that I am
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Since we are discussing grace it should be considered with this question. So perhaps the question would become “What role does the law play as compared to the role grace plays in my life, now that I am a Christian?”
Before we get much further let’s place some basic understandings on what the law is and what grace is. So that when we speak of either we have a basic understanding of what we are referring to. God’s law are those things in scripture that show us His character, tell us how we were designed to live and what being Christlike (how Christ lived) looks like. Grace is given to us freely and is the lens upon which God views us now. As He views us not through our failure to live in a way that pleases Him but through the perfect obedience of Christ to His law.
A common misconception is that it is either what we must be doing or should do (law) or the unmerited favor of God (grace), not both. In other words, it is all about God’s grace. Those who hold to the first will always be pushing the law of God, and as a result will often fall into a legalistic lifestyle or use God’s word to threaten others into such a lifestyle. The other half says it is all about God’s grace and neglect teaching the law. This will often result in a live-free, do as you please lifestyle.
Both of these lifestyles are wrong. Another error is when God’s law and grace are taught in such a way that it combines them and mixes them together. When this occurs the standard of God’s law has been lowered to something achievable and that we can live. This teaching is often referred to as moral-ism.
So instead of a law that demands absolute perfection, which is what God’s law always demands, as it represents God’s character, which is perfect. When this occurs we end up with a law that tells us not about God or his character, but how to live with our fellow man and other helpful hints on how to live a happy life—-
God’s law always reveals God’s character of perfection, while His grace is always non-bullying. Softening God’s perfect law or separating it from God’s enabling, non-crushing, freeing, non-threatening grace always results in an imbalance and leads to a life lived contrary to what God designed. When we mix the two we always end up softening God’s perfect law or weakening God’s amazing grace….
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